Wayne's Music 4/5 September 2010. living in the 1950s.On the entertainment scene, a new form of music called rock and roll let people cut loose and have FUN!
Margie Fats Domino blasting out of radios when the Auckland Harbour Bridge opened in 1959.
Money Barrett Strong with the biggest hit on Anna records , the label formed by Mr Motown Berry Gordy's sister Anna. Please Send Someone To Love Me Percy Mayfield a blues/ballad man largely forgotten today, even though this song was highly influential and covered by many singers.
Dry Bread some down and dirty blues from the clever guitar stylist and writer of witty ditties, Merle Travis in 1950.
Teardrops From My Eyes Ruth brown
Poison Ivy The Coasters, one of the most important groups with a doo-wop legacy throughout the 50s and 60s.
Mona Lisa Nat King Cole in the year when the First Modern Credit card was introduced, 1950.
Mack The Knife the song is most closely associated with Bobby Darin.
Don't Do It Johnny Burnette - the second Liberty single when he started recording as a solo act with Producer Snuff Garrett.
Tennessee Waltz Patti Page. This was written by Redd Stewart and Pee Wee King in 1947 and was originally a hit for Pee Wee King in 1948.
Lonely Teardrops Jackie Wilson - I think we've mentioned before that this was one of 9 songs from which Berry Gordy used the royalties to start up The Hitsville USA studios which soon became the home of Motown artists.
Long Gone Lonesome Blues Hank Williams, could not write or read music, yet he notched up over a dozen #1 songs in his short lifetime.
Since I Don't Have You Skyliners with one of the great heartbreaker songs of all time.
Mardi Gras In New Orleans professor Longhair - or Henry Roeland Byrd - a founding Father of The New Orleans style of Rhythm and Blues.
For Your precious Love the first hit, and gold record for the Impressions and their lead singer "Iceman" Jerry Butler.
Double Crossing Blues Johnny Otis/Little Esther & the Robins - a collaboprative effort which climbed to #1 on the Rhythm and Blues Charts in 1950.
Woojamacooja Helen Humes took over from Billie Holiday as the vocalist for Count Basie in 1938, and replaced Lena Horne at the Café Society in 1941. She recorded this nonsense title with Dootsie Williams in 1955.
Be Bop A Lula Everly Brothers.
Folsom Prison Blues Johnny Cash and The Tennessee Two with the signature song which was inspired by the film "Inside The Walls Of Folsom prison" which Johnny Cash watched in 1951 while serving in West Germany in the United States Air Force.
SUNDAY 5th September 2010.
Movin On Hank Snow the late Singing Ranger from Liverpool, Nova Scotia had 65 Billboard hits from 1949-1974.
From The Top Of Your Guggle To The Bottom Of Your Zooch this is one of tonight's "oddities". Bernie Nee was booked by Columbia to sing on a song that Burt Bacharach had written for the teenage horror movie "The Blob". Nee sang on the session and his voice was multi-tracked as issued as by The Five Blobs.
My babe Little Walter - the blues harmonica player , honed his skills with Sonny Boy Williamson, Sunnyland Slim and Honeyboy Edwards. He was the first musician of any kind to purposely use electronic distortion.
Three O'Clock Blues B B King.
How High The Moon Les Paul and Mary Ford.
Sleepy Lagoon The Platters with a fifties version of the song based on the "Valse Serenade" by british composer Eric Coates.
Lucille Little Richard with what originally was a ballad called "Directly From My Heart To You".
It is No Secret What God Can Do Elvis recalling his visits to the "All Night Sings", the black gospel concerts which were strong in Memphis in the late 40s.
I've Got A Woman Ray Charles with his prototype of what would later become known as "soul music".
You Don't owe Me A Thing Johnnie Ray with another top ten hit from 1957
Dust My broom Elmore James
I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know Davis Sisters, not really blood relatives, Skeeter Davis and her duet partner betty Jack Davis both attended Dixie heights High School near Covington Kentucky. Soon the girls were in big demand for concerts and radio shows, when fate dealt a terrible hand. Driving back from Wheeling West Virginia, after a show, a soldier on leave fell asleep at the wheel of his car and crashed head on into the vehicle Skeeter and Betty Jack were traveling in …Betty Jack was killed instantly. Skeeter suffered a concussion and various internal injuries. After a few years recuperating, she became One of the first women to achieve major stardom in the country music field as a solo vocalist.
Glory Of Love The Five Keys were part of a tent show, generally working weekends and using weekdays for travel. Sh-Boom Chords. an early doo-wop song written by the members of the Chords - it's sometimes considered to be the first doo-wop record to hit the top 10.
Forty Cups Of Coffee Bill Haley And The Comets.
Rock And Ree-Ah-Zole (The Teenage Talk) The Bobbettes - five girls between 11 and 13 started singing at the Glee Club in Harlem and w ere discovered by record Producer James Dailey who became their manager.
My Song Johnny Ace, the real son of a preacher man.
Lonesome Town Ricky Nelson was the first teen idol to utilize television to promote hit records. His Father,Ozzie, even had the idea to edit footage together to create some of the first music videos.
Shake A hand Faye Adams - discovered by Ruth Brown who organized an audition with Joe Morris of Atlantic Records and this first release set her up in the Rhythm and Blues scene for most of the 1950s.
Everybody's Somebody's Fool Lionel Hampton
It isn't Fair Dinah Washington with a 1930s number that had a come-back in the 50s.
Nobody's Lonesome For Me Hank Williams - as only he could relate to people through his everyday life songs.
To Know Him is To Love Him teddy Bears, with the song that launched Phil Spector's career.